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Source: World Food Prize Foundation news release

The World Food Prize Foundation will this week launch its Interactive Educational Exhibit Wing, which features more than a dozen exhibits with interactive displays, videos, photography and more that invite visitors to explore the world of food and agriculture, Iowa's humanitarian heritage, and global innovations in feeding the world.

A special reception will be held Tuesday night for community leaders to preview the exhibits, and the entire community is invited to explore the exhibits this weekend. All events are free of charge.

The opening coincides with the centennial celebration of John Ruan Sr., who was born on Feb. 11, 1914. Mr. Ruan, the Des Moines businessman and philanthropist who endowed The World Food Prize and served as chairman for many years, was passionate about inspiring the next generation and, along with Dr. Norman Borlaug, created The World Food Prize youth programs that today impact hundreds of students each year and propel them into academic studies and careers in science, agriculture and related STEM fields. Those youth programs celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

"We truly hope that these educational exhibits will inspire people young and old to learn more about not only our food system, but also the world around us," said Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, president of The World Food Prize Foundation.

"Through these exhibits, we've tried to highlight our agricultural and humanitarian history, showcase World Food Prize programs and the incredible breakthroughs we've recognized, and to also give people an inside look at what challenges exist around the world, and what amazing new innovations are being developed to enhance global agriculture."

The exhibits include an interactive timeline depicting the History of Agriculture, an exhibit on Iowa agricultural stories, a database of the World Food Prize Laureates, a central exhibit on Global Innovations in Feeding the World, exhibits on the history of the century-old Des Moines Public Library building, and many others.

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